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WR Leonard Hankerson - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 209Born: 5-7-1988College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 3

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Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Hankerson has left Roddy White in the dust, and with Julio Jones always drawing all of the attention of defenses, he could be in for a very good season. Next week against Washington is a good week to give him a whirl as your WR3/Flex.

General News (Fri Oct 9): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 5: vs Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Ryan (19/27 for 256 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and Julio Jones (six targets for 4/38/0 receiving) cooled off in the contest vs. Houston last week. Leonard Hankerson (eight targets for 6/103/1) and Devonta Freeman (six for 5/81/0) moved the football the most for the Falcons in this phase of the game last week. Entering Week Five, it's all good for the Falcons on this powerful unit. The Washington Pass D allowed 23/32 for 279 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Eli Manning and company two weeks ago, and then coughed up 15/8 for 270 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to the Eagles' Sam Bradford and company last week. To date, the team is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 210.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (last in the NFL). The club has nine sacks to their credit through the first 25% of the season. Advantage, Atlanta. Also, the rushing matchup is tough this week so look for the Falcons to throw the ball frequently in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs PHI 52 0 0 0 4 2 16 0 0 1.6
2 at NYG 48 0 0 0 11 6 77 1 0 13.7
3 at DAL 48 0 0 0 6 3 45 0 0 4.5
4 vs HOU 48 0 0 0 8 6 103 1 0 16.3
5 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
5 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
5 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 103 / 1 rec)

he was overshot on a 3rd and 8 out from the opposite sideline on his first target of the game and then overthrown on an out during second series. Hankerson then forced rookie CB Kevin Johnson to draw an illegal contact penalty on a 3rd and 15 deep go up the left side. He later beat Kareem Jackson on a 3rd and 11 pass for a 16-yard out and then a short gain on 3rd and 5 on a quick cross for a first down. He worked with Matt Ryan in the red area to adjust to middle pressure with a short route across the middle for a score that gave Atlanta a 28-0 lead. His biggest play was a short crosser with a delayed release behind the tight end for 56 yards. Even with the big lead that the ground game and the Falcons defense provided early that allowed Atlanta to rest Julio Jones for most of the second half, Hankerson was the more relied upon receiver than Roddy White for yet another game.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The most notable points about Hankerson's performance is that he was at his best when wide open, but dropped the ball in tight coverage. He had two drops when covered tightly in this game, including a slant inside the 10 during Atlanta's second drive and a mid-second quarter target on 3rd and 4. With Roddy White no longer capable of winning on hard-breaking routes due to his aging ankles, Hankerson should earn more targets in this offense, but his ability to make good on them in contested situations is still a question mark.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)

Leonard Hankerson quietly had a very impressive performance against the Giants on Sunday afternoon and made some crucial plays for his team. Hankerson was very effective at the line of scrimmage and was able to get open against man coverage for most of the day. Hankerson caught slants and out patterns for first downs and was a highly efficient chain mover for Matt Ryan. Hankerson got his hands on a slant pattern over the middle in the redzone in the first half but was very unlucky not to score as he was tackled 1 yard shy of the endzone. Hankerson did make up for this however as he hauled in a high pass on a post route from Ryan. Hankerson was double covered on the play but the pass to the tall receiver was perfectly placed by his quarterback. Hankerson was able to get open often against New York and his size talent allowed him to get a lot of yards after the catch. He could have easily had 2 touchdowns and can take a defense by surprise if they are too focused on teammate Julio Jones. He is a #3 receiver at best for fantasy owners but played like a high end number 2 in this game.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The receiver's greatest impact this week came from penalties he committed on quick routes to the flat intended for Julio Jones. Some of the credit for these penalties can be attributed to Chip Kelly lobbying the officials pre-game on the tendency of Atlanta committing to these blocks too early, but it doesn't make Hankerson a victim. The receiver accounted for at least two of the penalties--a pass interference call and a holding call. He caught a three-yard pivot route for a first down late in the half and it was an excellent break against tight coverage. The other reception was a deeper pivot for 13 yards in the fourth quarter. If Roddy White gets hurt, Hankerson performed well enough to consider him for White's production.


Latest News

Falcons | Leonard Hankerson probable (Fri Oct 9, 05:50 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Washington Redskins.

Our View: Roddy White complained about his role on offense earlier this week...including F-bombs! That could lead a narrative that sees White get more targets this week against Washington. If that happens, it could mean fewer passes thrown towards Hankerson. He's an inconsistent fantasy asset, and we like him only as a WR3/flex play in Week 5.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson limited Thursday (Thu Oct 8, 04:44 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

Our View: Hankerson had a breakout game last week, and that role could continue going forward. Check back to see if he can fully practice on Friday.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson limited (Wed Oct 7, 05:13 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Our View: If he plays, we like Hankerson as a solid WR3, but if he doesn't it could be the chance for the Falcons to get Roddy White more touches. Hankerson has emerged as a solid receiver for Atlanta, which is why the bell is tolling for White. If he can keep it up, White won't get any happier.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson has big game (Sun Oct 4, 07:37 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson had six catches for a team-high 103 yards and a touchdown in a 48-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 4.

Our View: Hankerson is clearly the #2 wide receiver no matter what the starting lineup is in Atlanta. He is making plays and getting more comfortable every week. Hankerson is worth owning in typical leagues with Julio Jones being the preoccupation of opposing defenses.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson has three grabs (Mon Sep 28, 01:10 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson hauled in three receptions for 45 yards in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was targeted six times.

Our View: Roddy White is disappearing. Hankerson is the player to emerge, and fantasy owners need to respond.
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